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Calgary cops bust alleged human traffickers

Calgary Police have laid charges in two separate human trafficking cases,<br />they said today.

Calgary Police have laid charges in two separate human trafficking cases,
they said today.

The first investigation, beginning on Sept. 15 and in conjunction with
Canada Border Services agency, identified a female suspect advertising
erotic services by young Asian women via an online service, police said.

The Calgary Police Service Vice Unit investigation led police to three
residences ­ in the 0-100 block of Holmwood Ave. NW, the 4900 block of 17
Ave Sw and the 200 block of Hendon Dr. NW - and one business ­ Alternative
Hair Salon at 4105 4St NW - where it is alleged prostitution and human
trafficking were taking place, according to police.

During the investigation, undercover officers were offered services and the
chance to purchase two teenage Asian women for $5,000 each, police said.

The women, originally from China were sold to officers for $4,000 each after
a negotiation, according to police. The ages of the women sold to officers
were 25 and 41, police said.

Police said the suspect was then arrested. Four properties belonging to the
suspect were then searched, and two Asian girls and two males were
apprehended.

Linh Quy Ho, 52, of Calgary is facing several prostitution and human
trafficking charges.

A second investigation was launched Nov. 20 after a separate case where a
17-year-old was apprehended under the Protection of Sexually Exploited
Children Act, police said.

The Calgary Police Vice Unit were led to a northwest Calgary hotel on Nov.
23, where they found three more women, aged 16, 17 and 20, according to
police.

A man who was discovered nearby, watching people enter the hotel room, was
subsequently arrested, police said.

Police said they believe the victims were convinced online ­ using social
networking services ­ to come to Calgary to pursue modeling. According to
police sexual services were then advertised using an online service.

Codie Tobie Cardinal, aka Brooklyn Cardinal, 38, of Calgary faces several
human trafficking and prostitution-related charges.

Calgary Police said further charges may be laid.

Charges have not been laid against the victims and two of them remain in
protective care and two others have returned home.

 
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